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A big tip of the hat to Pendleton City Councilor Scott Fairley, who died Tuesday while vacationing with wife Kimbra Cook and their son, Lieden, in Mexico. A rare aneurysm of the hepatic artery…

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Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno rejected two initiative petitions on Thursday, Dec. 19, because they included more than one topic. It’s the second time this year she’s told would-be petit…

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The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office and other police agencies deserve kudos for their effort over the holiday season to cut down on drunken and impaired driving throughout the region.

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In an era of bare-knuckled politics, it is instructive to reflect on the career of William Ruckelshaus, the first administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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The Independent Party of Oregon, all 124,777 of them, is giving nonaffiliated voters in the state something the two majors refuse to do. It will allow the 948,697 (as of October) nonaffiliated…

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The Forest Service is having another go at writing new long-term management plans for the three national forests in the Blue Mountains and this time, officials hope, things will be different.

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A plan by the Pendleton City Council to create three new revenue streams to boost street funding showed a certain degree of courage and foresight, but more voter input will be needed before an…

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A tip of the hat to the proposed plan to place more stringent restraints on political campaign financing that was unveiled this week. The plan has merit but still needs more work and more inpu…

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The 2020 general election may give Oregonians the opportunity to change the way legislative and congressional districts are drawn every 10 years. Backers of the move are expected to submit thr…

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A tip of the hat to those who take the time to participate in democracy. It is, after all, one key to the health of our nation. That is why it is always with a certain degree of frustration we…